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Antioch College alumna named finalist for 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Annia Ciezadlo

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio—August 30, 2012—Antioch College alumna Annia Ciezadlo ’94 is one of eleven finalists of the 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, for her nonfiction memoir, Day of Honey.

Ciezadlo’s memoir is described by the Dayton Literary Peace Prize as a “beautifully written, fiercely intelligent memoir exploring the heightened meaning of cooking in war-torn Baghdad and Beirut.”

Previously, Ciezadlo was a special correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor in Baghdad and The New Republic in Beirut. She has written about culture, politics, and the Middle East for The Nation, Saveur, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New York Observer, and Lebanon’s Daily Star. Day of Honey was published by Free Press in February 2011.

Other notable 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalists include bestselling authors Michael Ondaatje (The Cat’s Table), Ha Jin (Nanjing Requiem), Adam Hochschild (To End All Wars); first-time novelist Andrew Krivak (The Sojourn); and National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward (Salvage the Bones).

Cover of Day of Honey

Inspired by the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize is the only international literary peace prize awarded in the United States. The prize celebrates the power of literature to promote peace, social justice, and global understanding.

The finalists will be reviewed by a panel of prominent writers, including Christopher Cerf, Alan Cheuse, Kenneth McClane, and April Smith. A winner and runner-up in fiction and nonfiction will be announced on September 24. Winners will receive a $10,000 honorarium and runners-up will receive $1,000.

In 2011, Chang-rae Lee was honored as the fiction Dayton Literary Peace Prize winner for his novel The Surrendered and Wilbert Rideau was honored as the nonfiction Dayton Literary Peace Prize winner for his memoir, In the Place of Justice.

About Antioch College

Antioch College is a private, independent nonprofit liberal arts college in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The College curriculum puts equal emphasis on rigorous liberal arts learning, work (cooperative education), and community engagement. Students will complete individualized majors based on one or more of 11 concentrations, a language minor, and six full-time work experiences off campus. The institution, originally founded in 1850, is authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents to grant Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.


Nicole Wroten
Assistant Director of Communications